Bridge to Ukraine was created in 2013 by evacuated Peace Corps Ukraine Volunteers looking to find a new way to connect Americans and Ukrainians while also improving the lives of Ukrainians. During these past 7 years, we have trained and funded youth projects, supplied Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) from Eastern and Southern Ukraine with necessities after they had to flee their homes, and partnered with other organizations like Eastern Rinok and Patients of Ukraine. Unfortunately, with a global pandemic, a looming recession, and another evacuation of Peace Corps Ukraine, we have decided that we will be closing down this month.
We wanted to thank you all SO MUCH for all the support you have given us over the past 7 years. Whether it was through donations, shares or likes on Facebook, or just following our posts, you helped us reach our mission of connecting America and Ukraine.
The rest of the funds that we have collected will be donated to Patients of Ukraine to purchase even more PPE and other equipment needed to help doctors in Ukraine fight COVID-19. With the school year starting and flu season coming up, we think that this is the biggest need Ukraine has at the moment.
Even though Bridge to Ukraine will be gone, there are still many organizations doing similar work. We highly recommend you check out Razom for Ukraine and Nova Ukraine (links below) and consider donating to their causes.
Bridge to Ukraine, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to bridge the relationship between the U.S. and Ukraine, has made the tough decision to temporarily suspend our main project, the Youth Bank. This was in response to social distancing rules put in place to fight the spread of COVID-19. We will hold on to the funds raised for Youth Bank projects until it is deemed safe to restart the project. We still hope to reach our goal of $5000 so we can fully fund 25 youth-led community projects!
In better news, we are happy to announce we are partnering with Charitable Foundation “Patients of Ukraine” to raise funds for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, portable x-ray machines, and Coronavirus tests in Ukraine. To make a contribution, please contribute at our GlobalGiving page found at the following link: https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/ukraine-covid-19/
Our goal is to raise $10,000 to buy batches of PPE for doctors and coronavirus tests for patients. Extra funds will go toward expensive x-ray machines and ventilators. “Patients of Ukraine” will ensure that the equipment will get to the hospitals where it is most in demand.
We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone both mentally and financially, but even a small donation will help save the lives of Ukrainians. We thank you for your donation and we look forward to hearing from you in the near future.